Most Alabama Republicans don't believe allegations against Roy Moore

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Roy Moore and Doug Jones deadlocked in Alabama Senate race, new poll shows

05 December, 2017

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell appeared Sunday to soften his position on fellow Republican Roy Moore's Alabama Senate bid, saying the voters should "make the call". In November, The Washington Post published the accounts of four women with stories about Moore, including Leigh Corfman's, who said that she was just 14 when she engaged in two sexually inappropriate meetings with Moore, who was then 32, in 1979.

Mr. Moore, 70, has denied any wrongdoing. Seventy-one percent say they don't believe the women who have come forward, compared to 17 percent who say they do.

But the most recent RealClearPolitics averaging of polls shows Moore with another 6 percentage-point lead. Less than half - 48 percent - said he's the best candidate for the job.

After McConnell said Moore should step aside, Moore tweeted that it was McConnell who should bow out of politics, saying he "has failed conservatives and must be replaced".

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The accusations against Moore are much more serious than those against Trump, and, because of his long history as a divisive figure in Alabama, he was already facing a possibly-competitive race before the allegations came out.

A CBS News/YouGov poll on Sunday said Moore, twice deposed from the Alabama Supreme Court for failing to adhere to federal court rulings, is ahead of Jones, a former federal prosecutor, by a 49-to-43 percent margin among likely voters. Just 35 percent of likely voters said they believe Moore pursued relationships with teenage girls when he was in his 30s, while 37 percent said they are either unsure or do not have an opinion, and 28 percent said they do not believe the allegations, the poll found.

The sample of 739 likely voters upon which the poll was based included 38 percent who self-identified as Republicans, 31 percent who identified as Democrats, and 27 percent who identified as independents.

On ABC's "This Week", McConnell said that if Moore wins, the Senate Ethics Committee would have to consider the allegations against him.

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